“A Glorious Throwback to the Drive-In Movies of My Youth: Bloody, Gripping, But You Can’t Look Away.” – Stephen King
The mastermind behind the Hostel franchise and Cabin Fever, horror auteur Eli Roth, serves up a feast of gut-wrenching terror in the gruesome fear-fest The Green Inferno. Determined to protect the Amazon rainforest, a group of student activists fly to Peru only to crash-land deep in the jungle. Captured by a pack of bloodthirsty cannibals, the survivors suffer unspeakable acts of butchery at the hands of the very tribe they were trying to save. A non-stop barrage of carnage and chills, The Green Inferno is an unhinged blast!
The Green Inferno is not my favorite Eli Roth movie, that honor goes to Cabin Fever, with Hostel 2 coming in at a close second. But I do like the movie. I saw and enjoyed Aftershock, and considering mostly the same cast and crew was involved in the production of The Green Inferno, I pretty much knew what to expect going into the experience. In my opinion, I got what I was promised, in a gory, cannibal movie released nationwide to movie theaters, in the style of Eli Roth. If you were expecting anything more than that, your lack of enjoyment is on you. One complaint that pissed me off upon the movie’s release was that there wasn’t enough gore, or that the gore that was present wasn’t impressive, and always offering up a list of z-grade independent make-me-puke movies which allegedly excel at producing practical gore. I don’t care about that, I came to see an Eli Roth movie, and I got what I wanted.
Another complaint that irks me, but I can understand in a way, is some of the language in Eli Roth’s movies. Such as “Don’t be gay” or “Because he’s gay” or “That’s gay” or similar things. On the one hand, I understand why something being referred to as gay derogatorily is offensive, on the other hand, I firmly believe that filmmakers should be writing dialogue that people believe that character would say when it comes out of their mouths. Nobody should ever use “gay” to describe something negative, but that mean every movie should exist in a fantasy world where such a thing never occurs? Tarantino generates similar complaints with his liberal usage of racial slurs in several of his movies. It’s the characters, man, and Eli Roth and Tarantino both are good at writing characters with believable character flaws. Some people refer to things as gay, they shouldn’t, but they do. Leave language alone, condemn its misuse when it occurs, but be careful about applying the rules of actual life to that of entertainment, works of fiction. We don’t want to venture into censorship territory, now do we. We’ve seen how that goes down in the past with things like the Video Nasties era. But, I digress.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is definitely a must-buy if you don’t already own it on Blu-ray. If you do, it’s really up to you, if you would like to double dip. I will say, if you’re a fan of the film, and a fan of Eli Roth, the extras on the disc are really good. It features an interview with Roth, of course, and he’s always entertaining, and genuinely knowledgeable when it comes to all things horror. Some people say he’s a douchebag in real life, I can’t comment on that, but I know he’s an entertaining guy, who seems to really know his stuff. The transfer appears to be the same that appeared on the last Blu-ray. I’m not sure if any tweaks were even done, but it’s possible. So I have no updated video quality analysis for you. It looks great, so if you don’t own the Universal release, you have nothing to worry about. The audio is DTS-HD MA 5.1, so it sounds great. The back channels really highlight those jungle sounds in the background. The extras, as I’ve already mentioned, are entertaining and informative. Also included is the original soundtrack CD, which is a nice touch. Overall, it’s a great release of a pretty good movie from one of my favorite filmmakers, so I am extremely happy with the release. If you would like to purchase a copy of your own you may visit the Shout! Factory website to do so.
- Includes The Exclusive Original CD Soundtrack By Manuel Riveiro With Bonus Tracks
- NEW Into The Green Inferno – An Interview With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth
- NEW Uncivilized Behavior: Method Acting In The Green Inferno – Featuring Interviews With Actors Lorenza Izzo, Daryl Sabara, And Kirby Bliss Blanton
- Behind The Scenes Footage – Nearly An Hour Of Never-Before-Seen Footage
- Audio Commentary With Co-writer/Producer/Director Eli Roth, Producer Nicolás López, And Cast Members Lorenza Izzo, Aaron Burns, Kirby Bliss Blanton, And Daryl Sabara
- Original Publicity Featurettes Including The Making of The Green Inferno
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Galleries – Storyboards And Makeup Tests, Behind-The-Scenes Photos, Village Construction, Publicity, Movie Stills